School days, School daysSubmitted by holbrook on Sun, 02/24/2013 - 21:43
Way back when, some 55 years or so ago, when I was just a kid, I remember being charged with something that was not quite in accord to school policy, and was sentenced to punishment along with another kid who was actually the guilty party, but nevertheless, I was seen with him.
We were both about 10 years of age.
I can't remember exactly what it was that he did, but it was most likely something real serious ( like sticking bubble gum on the teacher's seat)!
We both were brought to the school hallway and made to stand with our right hand outstretched.
Then principal then took what we called the "rat-hand" which was a round dowel-like stick about 4 feet long and about a 1/4 inch thick and it had spring to it.....a lot of spring!
He then took that stick and snapped it like a whip across the fingertips........OOOOOUCH! It left a pretty nice welt!
If you pulled your hand back as he swatted, you got an extra whip ( free of charge ) so you just had to grunt, close your eyes and bear it.
I only got it that one time!
Later on in junior high, we had another teacher named Mr. McClure who was our English teacher. A no nonsense guy!
This guy would have made an excellent DI in the Corps.
When anyone did not pay full attention to his teaching, he had you get up and put both hands on the wall and bend over so that your backside was sticking out there just right and he would take his yard stick and swing like Carl Yastrzemski and you could hear the whack throughout most of the school! (out of the park homer if it was on the playing field for sure)
I never though back then, that I would ever consider those things good but.....those were the good old days when discipline was in good form and had good effect.
The worse part was when you had to face dad when you got home.
Great discipline, great lessons learned that are no longer seen in our time.
Mr. McClure, if you are still here on earth and through some chance of fate reading this, I forgive you and even thank you....Not then, but now!
Anyone else want to share?